History and League Success
The Mavericks entered the league in 1980 as an expansion team.
Since 2000 the Mavericks have been owned by outspoken billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban, who has been fined by the NBA on numerous occasions for his criticisms of game officials and the league in general. He also announced in February 2021 that the team would no longer play The Star Spangled Banner before games, though the NBA would later state that it would be played before ALL NBA games, forcing the team to reverse its original decision.
The Mavericks have made the NBA Finals twice, losing in 2006 and winning in 2011; both appearances were against the Miami Heat.
NBA Southwest Division Rivals
In addition to #6, retired league-wide for Bill Russell, the Mavericks have retired the following numbers:
- 12--Derek Harper
- 15--Brad Davis
- 22--Rolando Blackman
- 41--Dirk Nowitzki